Sumptuous, exquisite, magical, spectacular – I could go on forever – this walk in the Yorkshire Dales is something very special.
The weather throughout the day was superb for both walking and views, and was enjoyed by all fifteen of our party.
We left Austwick on a charming little path through a pretty garden, though I suspect the path was there long before any gardening took place. The first of several brew stops was beside a babbling beck near the quaint hamlet of Wharfe. Lunch was taken amongst the yellow primroses, wood anemones, ancient stunted trees and limestone pavements in Oxenber nature reserve. During the afternoon we ascended Smearsett Scar to enjoy magnificent views north to Penyghent and south towards Pendle Hill. A steep descent then leads to a high-level valley with superb limestone cliffs before dropping to Feizor. Here we enjoyed afternoon tea at Elaine’s Tea Shop, the best in the Yorkshire Dales, before completing the final mile and a half along medieval snickets back to Austwick.